November recession

The Norwegian phonogram market has been hit by a November recession with sales dropping 15% compared to last year.

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November saw 1,7m units shifted on the Norwegian phonogram market – a reduction of 15% in volume compared to 2004. The total turnover last month was NOK 119m ($ 17,8/ €15m) – down 16% compared to last year.

Sales of domestic repertoire accounted for 34% of overall sales, compared to 30 in November last year. So far in 2005, domestic repertoire sales has held a 35% stake of the market – a vast improvement when compared to the low sales (around 10%) experienced in the early 00s.

Sales of CDs are down 16% in volume and 17% in value compared to last November.

Sales of singles are down 29% in volume and 34% in value this November compared to last year.

DVD Music releases are down 19% in volume and 31% in value.

Total accumulated sales in 2005 amount to 10,3m albums, 454 000 singles and 254 000 Music DVDs resulting in a turnover of NOK 704,5 ($ 105m/ € 88,6m). This is a reduction of 11% in volume and 12% in value compared to last year.

These were the market shares in November:

Universal 25,6%
Sony BMG 18,6%
Warner 13,6%
EMI Recorded Music 9,9%
Bonnier Amigo 5,8%
MBO 4,8%
Playground 4,1%
MO 4,1%
KKV 3,4%
VME 3,1%
Master Music /Naxos 3%
Bare Bra / Tylden 2,6%
Tuba 1,4%

This is this week’s top ten on the Norwegian national sales charts, the VG Lista Topp 40:

1. Sissel: Nordisk Vinternatt
2. Maria Arredondo: Min Jul
3. Ane Brun: Duets
4. Erik Bye: Høvdingen – De aller beste 1
5. Oslo Gospel Choir / Mia Gundersen: Lys I Mørket
6. A-ha: Analogue
7. Vamp: Siste Stikk
8. Tone Damli Aaberge
9. Maria Mena: Apparently unaffected
10. Halvdan Sivertsen: 40+s

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